What's the point? If anybody uses this WMD the end is near. I don't wantOriginally Posted by [bQuote[/b] ]Putin: Russia testing new missiles
MOSCOW, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia's armed forces
will soon have access to advanced nuclear missile systems unlike those
held by other countries.
Speaking to high-ranking military officials Wednesday, Putin said that
while international terrorism was one of the main threats facing Russia,
the country's nuclear defenses also had to be kept up to date.
"We are conducting research and are testing the most up-to-date nuclear
missile systems, which, I'm sure, will be supplied to the armed forces in
the near future," Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.
"What is even more important, these systems will have no analogues in
the other nuclear powers during the next few years."
"International terrorism is one of the major threats for Russia. We
understand as soon as we ignore such components of our defense as a
nuclear and missile shield, other threats may occur."
Putin gave no further details about what type of weapons he was
However, The Associated Press quoted Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov as
saying this month that Russia hoped to test-fire a mobile version of its
Topol-M ballistic mission this year. Production of the system could begin
next year, Ivanov said.
AP added that Russia was also reported to be developing a next-
generation nuclear missile capable of carrying up to 10 warheads
weighing up to 4.4 tons, compared with the Topol-M's payload of 1.32
tons. Topol-Ms have been deployed in silos since 1998.
Putin has often pledged to restore Russia's military power, which declined
after the break-up Soviet Union amid severe funding problems.
His latest statement sets an assertive tone ahead of this weekend's
summit of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation organization, where he
is expected to meet U.S. President George W. Bush.
Independent military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said Wednesday's
statement appeared to be as much for show as for military strategy.
"This is intended for the internal audience, an attempt to say that things
are great, that defense is growing stronger and not falling apart as it
actually is," Felgenhauer told AP.
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